There are five core values that you should consider adopting for your life, family and church. But you have to do more than simply adopt them, or nothing will change. You have to be very deliberate and fight really hard, with great wisdom, to ensure these five values shape everything – or they will shape nothing. If you are willing to adopt them and ferociously fight to make them rudders for your life, family and church, the impact will be positively staggering.
One such value worth fighting for isSIMPLICITY. If you’re not careful, the autopilot of life will lead you toward busy-ness, distraction and complexity. These three are enemies of the simple goal, found in God’s Word, for which you, your family and church should be aiming:
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3 (ESV)
You’re welcome. This verse spares you years of trying to figure out the purpose of life. The purpose of your life, family and church is to make sure that Jesus Christ is sincerely and purely worshiped.
NEITHER ILLUSION NOR ALLUSION
That’s right. Jesus worship is not alluded to in the Bible. It’s blatantly, perpetually promoted – by every single New Testament author. In most cases they are even eyewitnesses. This is nothing to brush aside, because these authors/witnesses lived in the closest historical time to the life, teachings and miracles of Jesus. To ignore their writings is to place oneself above history itself, and to ignore the most practical and important starting point in any attempt to discover and embrace the Jesus of history.The real, true Jesus. To ignore or downplay the importance of such writings is to refashion Jesus into a non-Jesus. A Jesus in name, but a Jesus very different from the Jesus of history.If we’re not talking about the Jesus of history, why bother talking about Him at all? Doing so is not only unwise. It’s downright dangerous.
It’s significant to note that as early as twenty years after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the Apostle Paul was promoting the worship of Jesus of Nazareth. That’s when 2 Corinthians (above) was penned. In other words, the idea of Jesus being God was embraced, promoted and practiced very soon after Jesus’ life. We see the deity of Jesus being taught and promoted throughout the New Testament:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God.All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:1-3, 14 (ESV)
One of the central points of the New Testament is that Jesus was not just a sage, not just a prophet, not just a miracle-worker. He was and is God. This is why Paul was telling the Corinthians to make sure their thoughts were centered upon sincere and puredevotionto Christ. Everything about our daily way of life should be centered around this simple, superior pursuit. Nothing else should overshadow it. But do our lifestyles betray our belief? If they do, we, like Eve, have been deceived.
If Jesus was not God, Paul, a devout Jew and scholar, was literally committing and promoting blasphemy. But what if Paul was right on the money? If he is right, along with the other writers of the New Testament, then the identity of Jesus as God should stop us in our tracks, literally, and cause us to carefully examine and rearrange everything we think and do.
GET BUSY – SIMPLIFY NOW
Simple is better. Less is more.Your life, family and church can and should be centered around sincere and pure devotion to Jesus Christ. It’s really that simple. Everything else must fade into the background.
One simple question will help you, your family and your church prioritize sincere and pure devotion to Jesus Christ:
- Will doing this hinder or enhance the movement and glory of God through my life, family or church? Seek sincere and pure devotion to Jesus in all things. Pursue this powerful simplicity in all decisions. Do all you can to make it easier, not more difficult, to love, enjoy and honor God. Make decisions that encourage the glory and movement of God in and through you, your family and your church.
This one question is the stuff of which spiritual revolutions are made. Not in some nebulous future time and circumstance, but right where you are, right now. Your life, family and church may very well depend upon it.
I’d love to hear what you think.